Chrome Apps Can Now Run on Android and iOS
Google today revealed a new toolchain that developers can use to port their Chrome desktop apps to both the Android and iOS platforms. According to Google, the tool uses Apache Cordova (open-source web technologies) to create a software wrapper that packages Chrome apps in a format that can be used on mobile devices. The tool includes a number of the standard Chrome APIs, which means developers can offer fully-functional versions of their Chrome apps through the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store. Google is offering the tool as a preview to developers and provides instructions via the Chromium developer site.
Android Apps Headed to Google's Chromebooks
Google today said its Chrome operating system will soon have access to the Google Play Store and the Android apps therein. ChromeOS will support all Android phone and tablet apps, including games, productivity apps, and social networking.
Chrome for iOS Gains QR Scanning Tool
Google today updated its Chrome browser for iOS devices and added a novel tool: a QR and barcode scanner. iPhone owners can scan a QR code or barcode by using 3D Touch on the app logo or by searching for "QR" in iOS's Spotlight search bar.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.